Philly makes case as nation's best brew town

March 4, 2008 1:14:14 PM PST
Beer aficionados in Philadelphia say the city's neighborhood pubs and award-winning brews have been sorely overlooked.

Don Russell, also known as beer columnist Joe Sixpack, argues that Philadelphia is the best beer-drinking city in America. And he's out to prove it as one of the organizers of Philly Beer Week, a 10-day, 150-event extravaganza.

Beginning Friday, when Mayor Michael Nutter taps the festival's first keg, there will be beer tastings and dinners, among other events.

Russell says the quality and tradition of Philadelphia brewing is unequaled elsewhere in the United States. Although Philadelphia doesn't have major breweries, Russell says the city's "small, artisan brewing" outdoes the behemoths.